Saturday, June 2, 2012

June 2: National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day and a belated National Doughnut Day

For all the bad press Oakland gets these days, Oakland should be proud of the fact that it is the birthplace of rocky road ice cream.  It's still disputed whether or not rocky road was invented at Fenton's or by Dreyer, so it's easier to just say, "Rocky road was invented in Oakland."  You'd be right in either case.

If you're the kind of person who makes their own ice cream, there are plenty of recipes out there.  You can even make rocky road ice cream without an ice cream maker.  Or you could always just get your favorite chocolate ice cream and add toasted almonds and mini-marshmallows.

D'oh!  Missed a day!

I forgot to note that yesterday, being the first Friday of June, was National Doughnut Day.  D'oh!  (Yeah, a Homer Simpson reference is totally appropriate here.)  I love the history of the doughnut as told by  Mr. Breakfast gives a more detailed account of the history of the doughnut and I am amused by the Salvation Army Doughnut Girl poster.  Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, OR, while famous for the crazy doughnuts on the menu, also set the record for largest box of doughnuts.  (One of these days, I will definitely visit Voodoo Doughnuts.  I'll probably eat nothing else for the rest of the day and just sit in a sugar induced bliss.)  Psycho Donuts in San Francisco, CA, is also known for its crazy doughnuts.  In fact, doughnuts are getting the makeover treatment just about everywhere - New York, Chicago, and Seattle just to name a few places.   

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